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80-85 days. This heirloom from the Ukraine was collected in 1993 by Seed Savers Exchange. Very popular on Island of Krim in the Black Sea. Melons ripen to a yellowish-gold and the white flesh has a very high sugar content, a favorite among heirloom gardeners and growers alike. Ripens early, even in Russia.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:
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I'm giving this four stars because in more melon friendly weather locations, there might be better options. However, where I live, it's usually too cool with too short a season to grow melons, and this was my first melon success. I've read on blogs of them ripening and slipping off the vine - perhaps this happens in hotter climates. Mine started bursting open before they were ripe, so I began picking them when they lightened and got white striping, or any yellow striping. Then I let them ripen in a cool dark place until they finished turning color. The flavor is different in areas which aren't yellow but both flavors are good.
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10 Oct 2010
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Nice compact vine. Tolerates weird Colorado weather. Delicious melon flavor. I will definitely be growing these again!
5 Sep 2010
I grew this melon last year along with some other early maturing varieties. I over planted and really ignored my melons. The soil was so-so lightly amended with mushroom compost and complete organic fertilizer. It received plenty of water because it was next to plants I was more interested in. Last summer was cold except for a few days of brutal heat. The melon beds were not weeded very much either.Around the beginning of September I was surprised to find 2 then three then 4 melons hidden in the weeds. The flesh resembled cucumber and was outstandingly sweet.I used nothing to heat up the soil. No black plastic or hoop houses which is normally necessary in Western Washington. It did very well in spite of considerable neglect on my part. I'm looking forward to this year's harvest.
16 Jun 2010
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
This is an interesting melon. It almost looks like it's a muskmelon/watermelon cross, which I understand to be impossible.It was the first melon to set fruit (of 14 varieties I tried) in my garden last year. I grew only one plant and it happened to be near the end of the bed in some sub-standard soil. Still, it produced many fruit, though they were somewhat small, around 2 pounds (under 1 kilogram.) I think they'll be bigger if I put it in better soil this year.I had trouble telling when they were ripe, as I never had one slip from the vine. Owing to that difficulty, I only picked about two (out of 10 fruit) that were really sweet and tasty. The texture was unlike any other melon I grew, being a bit "crispy" even on the ones I think were ripe.However, all the fruit that I picked kept for a very long time, either on a counter or in the fridge.
28 Jan 2010
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